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All Party Parliamentary Group for Ending Homelessness

We provide Secretariat for this group which is Co-Chaired by Bob Blackman MP and Neil Coyle MP. The group brings together key sector organisations and MPs from across the political spectrum. Our purpose is to put homelessness at the top of the political agenda and develop the policy solutions which will help prevent and resolve homelessness for good.

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Ending Homelessness (APPGEH) was set up in response to growing numbers of people rough sleeping and upward trends in the number of homeless applications.

Between 2014 and 2016, when the APPG formed, rough sleeping rose dramatically by over 50% (see DCLG statistics). This showed that the current system is not efficient enough at preventing and resolving homelessness. We therefore created the group to tackle this issue. We believe it is vital that the Government recognises this growing emergency.

The APPGEH holds regular meetings with its officers to discuss the issues which proceed and escalate homelessness. It aims to develop the policy solutions which will create lasting change. The Group will also provide a platform for homeless people to engage with Parliamentarians and key sector stakeholders and help inform the political dialogue surrounding homelessness.

Find out about our current campaign, A Safe Home, which is calling for everyone homeless as a result of fleeing domestic abuse to have access to a safe, secure home here.  

Chairs and Vice-Chairs

Neil Coyle MP (Labour) - Co-Chair

Neil was elected MP to Bermondsey and old Southwark in the last election and has a strong interest in housing. He previously helped ensure that two local tenants’ associations were re-established. He also has significant experience in campaigning for a fairer welfare policy and is an active member of the local community.

For more information about Neil, please visit Neil's website or follow Neil on Twitter.

Bob Blackman MP (Conservative) - Co-Chair

Bob was elected MP for Harrow East since 2010. He is the author of the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017, which places new duties on local authorities to help people facing homelessness.

For more information about Bob, please visit his website or follow Bob on Twitter.

Lord Bird (Crossbench) - Vice-Chair

Lord Bird is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Big Issue magazine. On his elevation to the House of Lords, he described his priorities as social justice, social inequality and poverty.

For more information about Lord Bird, follow him on Twitter.

Tonia Antoniazzi MP (Labour) - Vice-Chair

Tonia Antoniazzi was elected as MP for Gower at the 2017 General Election.

For more information about Tonia, please visit Tonia's website or follow her on Twitter.

Rachael Maskell MP (Labour) - Vice Chair

Rachael Maskell was elected as the MP for York Central at the 2015 General Election. She currently serves as Shadow Minister for the Voluntary Sector. She has previously served as Shadow Secretary of State for Employment Rights. As well as an interest in homelessness, she has a strong interest in health and social care. Before her election to Parliament, she worked as a care-worker, physiotherapist and health union representative.

For more information about Rachael, please visit Rachael's website or follow Rachael on Twitter.

Stephen Timms MP (Labour) - Vice-Chair

Stephen Timms has been MP for East Ham since 1994, during which time he's taken on many ministerial roles. In January 2020 he was elected Chair of the Work and Pensions Committee.

For more information about Stephen, please visit Stephen's website or follow him on Twitter.

Mike Wood MP (Conservative) - Vice-Chair

Mike Wood was elected as MP for Dudley South in 2015.

For more information about Mike, please visit Mike's website or follow him on Twitter.

Nickie Aiken MP (Conservative) – Vice-Chair

Nickie was elected MP for Cities of London and Westminster in December 2019. Prior to this, Nickie was leader of Westminster City Council.

For more information about Nickie, please visit Nickie's website or follow her on twitter.

Jason McCartney MP (Conservative) – Vice-Chair

Jason was elected MP for Colne Valley in December 2019, having previously held this seat between 2010 and 2017.

For more information about Jason, please visit Jason's website or follow him on twitter.

Justin Madders MP (Labour)- Vice-Chair

Justin was elected MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston since 2015. Justin currently serves as a Shadow Health Minister. He has previously served as Shadow Minister for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and Health and Social Care.

For more information about Justin, please visit Justin's website or follow him on twitter.

Advisory Group

We work with a wide range of sector organisations to ensure the APPG is fully informed on the homelessness debate and the diverse homeless population. We aim to engage a wide range of local organisations and homeless people in the APPGEH's activities. This collaborative platform allows the group to incorporate homeless voices from across the country into the policy discussion.

The Advisory Group includes St Mungo's, Shelter, Homeless Link, Centrepoint, YMCA, NHF, St Basil's, Housing Justice, Albert Kennedy Trust, Salvation Army, The Passage, Connection at St Martins, Changing Lives, Thames Reach, Depaul, Revolving Doors

Upcoming meetings

The next meeting of the APPG for Ending Homelessness has not yet been announced.

For more information on the group and our meetings contact appg@crisis.org.uk

Meeting agendas and minutes

Past meetings

Contact us

If you would like more information on the APPGEH please do not hesitate to contact us. Email appg@crisis.org.uk.

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In the past few weeks reports of domestic abuse have soared. The Coronavirus outbreak has laid bare the extreme dangers that people fleeing domestic abuse face, and has highlighted, now more than ever, the importance of guaranteeing people made homeless in this situation a legal right to safe, settled housing.



APPGEH Minutes 270120

Minutes from the inaugural meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Ending Homelessness.


APPGEH Annual General Meeting 2019

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Domestic Abuse Bill introduced to Parliament

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Statement from Neil Coyle MP on the Joint Committee's recommendations on the draft Domestic Abuse Bill

“We are extremely disappointed that the Joint Committee on the draft Domestic Abuse Bill has not...


The Domestic Abuse Bill must ensure every survivor of domestic abuse has access to a safe home

The Government has today published its draft Domestic Abuse Bill. The Bill puts in place for the...


APPGEH Minutes 140119

Minutes from the APPG for Ending Homelessness' meeting on recent research into homeless deaths.


The Rough Sleeping Strategy is a positive step forward, but we need to tackle the root causes of homelessness

Earlier this week, the Government published its Rough Sleeping Strategy, which commits to spendin...